PGA Tour Pro Arrested For Allegedly Throwing Wife Into A Wall

PGA Tour Player Erik Compton was arrested over the weekend on felony and misdemeanor domestic violence charges. 

According to officials from the Miami-Dade police department, Compton and his wife were having a verbal argument on Aug. 19 at their home in Miami when Compton’s wife took out a cellphone and began recording. 

Compton allegedly took the phone and threw it in a pool, then grabbed his wife by the shoulder and tossed her into a wall. Compton’s wife left the residence and went to a friend’s house, where she called the authorities.

Compton did not speak to officials and invoked his right to an attorney. Compton has since been released on bond and is out of the correctional facility. 

The 43-year-old Compton made headlines on the PGA Tour after going through two different heart transplants, one in 1992 and one in 2008, after battling viral cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart becomes inflamed and cannot pump blood effectively. Despite these health struggles, he still earned his PGA Tour card. 

After some struggles with his game, Compton lost full-time status in 2016. He had made 45 starts on the Korn Ferry Tour the previous two seasons but has not registered a start on the developmental circuit during this campaign.

Compton has made two appearances on the PGA Tour in 2023, making both cuts and finishing T-29 at the Corales Puntacana Championship and T-63 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Compton has recorded no wins and five top-10 finishes in 168 career starts on the PGA Tour. He tied for second at the 2014 U.S. Open, won by Martin Kaymer at Pinehurst No. 2.